Song of Blood & Stone Earthsinger Chronicles: Book One By L. Penelope Synopsis From the very first pages of her debut, L. Penelope delivers as a new force in the fantasy genre. The first book in the historical fantasy Earthsinger series was originally self-published, earning […]
Month: April 2018
The Glass Dog By L. Frank Baum Lyman Frank Baum is not an unfamiliar name to many Americans. Best known for his very famous children’s book, The Wizard of Oz, Baum also wrote several other fairy tales, short stories, poems, and scripts throughout his lifetime. […]
Being a Prince, J'ahalid is no stranger to the fact that his kingdom requires protecting. When he Sees the Dragon Riders of Torvald, he knows that dragons are the answer to his problems.
Prince Of The South
Author: Ava Richardson
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Page Count: ---
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short-Story
Cover Artist: Shardel
My Rating: ★★½
“I wanted such a dragon. Why should only the kings of Torvald have such power? Why should our kingdom be lacking?”
Prince J’ahalid Mudin Dar Awil of the South Kingdom immediately desires dragons for his kingdom when he sees the dragon riders of Torvald midflight. Knowing that his kingdom is constantly threatended by others, he takes it into his own hands to protect his family and people.
Traveling towards the mountains along the old spice route, J’ahalid catches a glimpse of the mountain dragons. Desperate to capture some for himself, he risks his life to travel up the mountain during a sandstorm. Nearly losing his life due to his arrogance, he’s saved by non other than that which he seeks: a dragon and her rider.
“Dragons are friends–you do not use your friends.”
Samir of the Binshee Tribe, and her fellow dragon Toolon save J’ahalid from the trechery of the sandstorm. In doing so, they learn who he is and what he’s looking for. J’ahalid quickly learns that dragons are not animals to be conquered and tamed. They deserve respect and choose their riders themselves. These lessons do well for J’ahalid, as his immature and rather unlikeable character is humbled.
Deciding to stay in the mountains with Samir and the dragons, J’ahalid learns the ways of the dragons and how to form proper relationships with them.
“I have learned a dragon’s heart, and some things are more important than land and kingdoms. Tesh has taught me that. I see now why the dragons saved your people but let the city burn. That was the wise choice. For cities can be rebuilt. Buildings are jusst empty shells without people. And that is what drives me back–I must see my parents again.”
Overall, this was an alright read. The dialogue is written in what feels like a vernacular, so it’s hard to settle into the characters and their interactions as they feel clunky and unnatural. Granted, this is a short story, so the writing is definitely more to the point. However, I thought this was an area that could have used much improvement.
Sexual content: None.
Yeah, it's almost May...
But I thought I’d still share which ARCs I have to read and review for this month! I’ve read most of them and have been pretty impressed with the releases this month. However, since this post is quite late, I’ll keep it short and sweet!
Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play.
The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world. Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. The singleborn A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. The diminished When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace. As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.
Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom. Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play. When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal's office, they're forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia's relaxed life and Kiev's theater role. But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little love in the air.
Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command. The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle’s loyalty, love, and honor will be tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Have you heard of, or read any of these books coming out this month?
If so, what were your thoughts on them?
THE PLOT THICKENS as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with […]
Wheels Gone Cats PUBLISHER: PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS Synopsis In a future where violence is encouraged and duels are required by law, Dathin Long has the answer: devolution. He proposes a medical procedure that will restore humanity to the state of primal bliss—to pure reptilian instinct, before […]
"When the weather outside is frightful, blog hopping is so delightful."
Yeah, I woke up to there being 3-4 inches of snow on the ground this morning. Seriously, this weather is so weird. It’s still beautiful to look at! My daughter and I were listening to music this morning and some Christmas music came on; I just let it play! I mean, when in Rome!
Err, you get what I mean.
Anyways, Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!
Professionalize Your Blog
Austine at NovelKnight featured a guest post written by Lucy from That Book Gal on 5 Ways to Make Your Blog Look More Professional (A Behind the Bookwyrm Feature). Lucy gives some great pointers on how to optimize your blog to make it more professional. It’s a good one to check out!
Book Blogging Myths
Reining In Your TBR
I’m sharing this one because this is one of the most popular topics us book bloggers love to complain about: our TBRs (to-be-read pile/stack/mound/leaning tower of Pisa/etc.) and how they are trying to devise a means to our demise. Marie at Drizzle & Hurricane Books shares some tips for keeping that TBR pile in check!
Too Much? Definitely.
I LOVED this post that Evelina over at AvalinahsBooks wrote about us book bloggers: do we create too much content? Why yes, yes we do. And in doing so, we create so much work for ourselves without being able to really enjoy what we are doing in the meantime! At least, this has been true for me this year.
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Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets… and secrets hide in every shadow. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Ace Of Shades Series: The Shadow Game #1Author: Amanda FoodyPublication Date: April 10, 2018Publisher: Harlequin TeenPage Count: 416Format: eARCGenre: Young […]
Garden of Ashes (Snow SPark Saga #2) PUBLISHER: PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS Synopsis It’s the one place no rustler ever wants to end up. Having survived Rondo’s destruction, sixteen-year- old Rags has been taken captive by the Kingdom and sentenced to ‘rehabilitation’ at the Kingdom’s Threshing […]
I'm a bit late to the game getting this post up.
To be honest, I was trying to figure out how I want to go forward with monthly wrap-ups. I was doing separate posts for each reading challenge and…it was becoming redundant and tedious. So, I’ve decided to simply combine everything into a one-stop wrap-up post (I won’t be including my upcoming ARCs for the month, however, because I prefer to keep those separate.)
Hopefully it’s more streamline for folks who like to read recap posts instead of getting chunks here and there with material which is perhaps stated more than once.
What I Read & Reviewed
What I Read But Still Need To Review
- A School for Dragons by Amy Wolfe (tentative 3.5 stars)
- Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith (review was posted April 3rd)
Catch-Up Reviews Written
Top 5 Wednesday Meme
Thursday Blog Trot Meme / Around the Blogosphere
Fairy Tale Friday Meme
Other Noteable Posts
Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
This past month, I was able to contribute a total of 41 points for Story Sorcerers (mostly with review points.)
- Ole-Luk-Oie, The Dream God by Hans Christian Andersen
- Dragons of Kings by Ava Richardson
- Fairer-Than-A-Fairy by Charlotte-Rose de Camount de La Force
- Dragons of Dark by Ava Richardson
- The Enchanted Pig by Petre Ispirescu
- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
- Of Sand And Storm by Amber Argyle
I accomplished…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for this challenge! *Yay me!* This next month, I should have some prompts that I’ll be able to check off. So far, I’ve completed 4/40 prompts.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goodreads Reading Challenge is going alright this year. I’m definitely behind, but I think I’ll be able to stay mostly on track. I knew going into it that 200 books in one year is ambitious, but I still think I can get there.
#ARCsAnonymous Goodreads Group Challenge
The #ARCsAnonymous Goodreads Group headed by AvalinahsBooks is sort of an offshoot for the State of the ARC Meme she also created. This past month’s ARC reading prompt was Young Adult. I was able to accrue 175 points for the month, which has been probably one of my lowest scores yet.
Anddd that's it!
How did March go for you?
Are you staying on top of your goals, or failing like me? 😛 (I hope not, for your sake.)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le Avventure Di Pinocchio) By Carlo Collodi The Adventures of Pinocchio, originally titled Le Avventure Di Pinocchio was written by Carlo Lorenzini, better known by his pen name of Carlo Collodi. Carlo was an Italian author, who liked writing about characters […]
Happy Thursday, everyone!
Here we are again. There are some great posts to check out this week, from self-care guides for book bloggers to book review tips!
Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!
Kristen at Metaphors & Moonlight poses some interesting thoughts about why she rarely, if ever, gives 1-star ratings for books. Giving 1-star ratings is hard…and can also be confusing to determine exactly why one is being given. Personally, I’ve given few 1-star ratings, and can relate to a lot that Kristen says about her process when a single star book lands in her lap. Check it out here!
A Book Lover That Doesn't Buy Books?
I know, it’s sort of unheard of in the book-o-sphere. A book blogger and reviewer that doesn’t (really) buy books!? Although, I don’t buy a bunch of books either. In her discussion post, Vee at Vee Reading shares why she doesn’t buy many books. Personally, I believe her reasons have a lot of merit and wisdom behind them. Thanks for sharing, Vee!
Book Blogger Self Care
The past two months, I’ve really been feeling the heat with blogging and staying on top of everything. The truth is, my second child will be arriving in less than two months, and I physically, mentally, and emotionally can’t handle all the stress that blogging, and life in general brings as I normally do. Yeah, I feel a bit like a failure. (I may write a separate post on this later.) But this post really helped me re-evaluate my thinking.
I think this is something every book blogger should read and take into consideration with their blogging and overall life!
I actually came across this post via a “share” post that Dani from Perspective Of A Writer put together. (Thanks for sharing, Dani! Or else I probably wouldn’t have found this!) Carrie from Cat on a Bookshelf put together a guide of Twitter hashtags for book bloggers! Yes, you read that right! Check out this very helpful post, here!